OAKLAND (KCBS)— A number of East Oakland merchants want to put a detour in the path of AC Transit’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along a stretch of International Boulevard. Many are worried it will have a major impact on their businesses.
The proposal calls for completion by Fall of 2015 and the 9.5 mile system that will run down the middle of the roadway, would connect Oakland to San Leandro.
Andy Nelson of the East Bay Youth Center walked down International Blvd. handing out flyers to merchants letting them know about the set times for planned rallies and protests.
“This is not about stopping the BRT. This is making sure that everyone benefits from and nobody gets hurt from the BRT,” Nelson said. “We’ve got four lanes here. The two middle lanes are going to be converted to bus-only lanes and there’s going to be raised platform stops every few blocks.”